Happy Active Dog Month to all fellow pet parents! This month is even more reason to continue being active with our furry friends. Considering the current pandemic, most of us are staying home and away from others, as we should. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and take your companion for a walk or play a game of catch in your backyard. In fact, most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day, just enough so that they are slowed down by the end of it. Here are a few different ways you can make sure your dog remains active and healthy while staying safe:
Tug of War
This game is my personal favorite, but it is important to keep in mind it was once considered taboo because of concerns it might lead to aggressive behavior. So first, laydown some house rules, especially for younger dogs or puppies. To get started, find an appropriately sized dog toy to use as your tug item and make sure it has enough length to put some distance between you and your dog’s mouth, at least 6-inches. You should always be the one to begin and end the game, and your dog should know how to drop the toy when you ask.
Back-yard catch is simple and fun but it’s not something I would replace with a daily exercise regimen. Having said that, it certainly doesn’t hurt to spend some time outside with your favorite furry friend. Just bring something you can throw and be prepared to throw it a lot.
Trick for a Treat
Tricks are fun to do and offering your dog treats as an incentive makes it fun for you and exciting for your dog. Here are a few simple tricks to pass the time while you’re at home.
Wait – this trick is simple but effective. The goal is to practice restraint and by teaching your dog that they will only get a treat when they are calm and “wait” for permission. By doing this your dog will become more focused.
Hands up or Paws up – with this trick your dog is taught to sit back and hold both front paws up simultaneously. This trick is easy to augment by offering the words hands up and a treat every time your dog can get both paws off the ground.
We all love our dogs. That’s why we go out of our way to make sure they are safe and healthy no matter the current nature of our situations. Despite the current pandemic, we need to remember to provide exercise for our dogs each and everyday to keep them healthy.